Manhattan College Presents First M.B.A. Student Convocation

On Sept. 28, Manhattan College's first five-year M.B.A. class symbolically transitioned from undergraduate students to graduate students with a special presentation and ceremony.

On Sept. 28, Manhattan College's first five-year M.B.A. class symbolically transitioned from undergraduate students to graduate students with a special presentation and ceremony.

The 19 candidates worked in teams of four or five with a faculty sponsor, and each prepared a brief presentation on current business topics. After each presentation, the M.B.A. candidates fielded questions from the audience. A separate group of faculty and distinguished business alumni (Jeanne Altenau '79, Shaleen Dastur '04, Matthew Donohue '92, Aileen Farrelly '95, Charles Lynch '76, Nancy Maksomski '98, James O'Rourke '85, John Paluszek '55, Peter Torrente '88, Kandice Watson '10 and Lindsay Wills '04) were asked to sit as a panel and judge each of the presentations. The highest scoring team, which presented "Healthcare: Is it a Right or a Privilege," consisted of: Gabriella Catalano, Caitlin E. Frazer, Joseph E. Fernandes, Justin Clifford Jensen and Ashley Megan Zere.

The topics presented covered a wide range of areas in business today that are regularly analyzed and discussed. "How Green is Green Enough?" (Michael J. Borger, Joanna M. Kaminski, Brian M. Korney, Samantha Rose Marchese and Cara Ann Vullo) investigated how businesses prioritize the environment by looking at several different business models and analyzing the role of the consumer in this decision-making process. Whereas "Sarbanes-Oxley; Has it Been Effective?" (Kai Ni Feng, Diana Marcellino, Domenick F. McLaughlin, Jonathan James Potter and Erika Talesnik) examined the pros and cons of the 2002 business act and how it changed practices for better or worse. "Standard and Poors Credit Rating Agency – Credible Judgments or not?" (Fluvial C. Gaeta, Melissa Marie Lungariello, Vitaliy Simonian and Brian Uditnarine Singh) looked at the downgrade of the United States' credit rating in comparison to other countries and other agencies and worked to discover if this rating was something to be taken seriously. Finally, "Healthcare: Is it a Right or a Privilege" considered the hot-button issue with an economic and business focus, as well as a moral one, and tried to find an answer that made sense in both lights.

The events provided an exciting networking opportunity for M.B.A. candidates, current undergraduates, faculty and alumni, and will hopefully pave the way for future M.B.A. classes.